Coming to Campus

Covid-19 Information, Protocols and Policies

The health, safety, and well-being of our community are of paramount concern and guide all of our decision-making processes.

Lincroft campus is open and staffed Monday through Friday from 8:30 am – 5:00 pm.

The College is open to all individuals who are employed by the College, prospective students, students who are registered for classes, and other individuals conducting official College business.


The College is offering in-person, online, remote live, fully online, online remote-hybrid classes for all Semesters.

College personnel will monitor Covid-19 data and report the College infection rate to the president on a weekly basis.

The College is committed to providing regular communications and updates to the Brookdale community as information becomes available.

Students coming to campus should check their Brookdale email for any notifications before arriving on campus.

Masks are optional.

COVID-19 Reporting Forms

The decision to expand services will be based upon the below guidelines.

Returning classes to remote instruction and closing of campus will also follow guidance issued from local, state, and federal public health authorities, including:

We look forward to a safe return for everyone.


What to Expect When You Are On Campus:


In accordance with CDC guidance for higher education
  • Masks are optional indoors.
Additional College Cleaning Protocols
  • Hand Sanitizers will be available at entrances, offices, and classrooms.
  • Disposable wipes or spray disinfectant and paper towels will be available in all bathrooms, offices, classrooms, and other shared facilities for wiping down surfaces. Good hand hygiene (frequent hand washing with soap/water or alcohol-based sanitizer) is encouraged after the use of shared equipment and common areas.
  • Signage has been installed to remind the college community to wash their hands frequently.
  • Custodial staff will wipe down high-touch areas throughout the day.
  • In places such as the library and open computer labs, where surfaces including computers and printers are handled by multiple users, it is strongly encouraged of each user to clean keyboards, mice, work surfaces, and any other equipment (printers, copiers) before and after each use. Disinfectant wipes will be available for students, faculty, and staff to wipe down shared surfaces.
  • Students are welcome to bring their own home devices. The campus Wi-Fi will be available for use and in parking lots 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6..
Other PPE Protocols
  • Plexiglass shields have been installed in student-facing offices, security stations, and other high-traffic areas that have face-to-face contact.
  • Culinary program students working in labs will follow the State’s guidelines for opening restaurants and will wear masks and gloves as required.
  • Allied Health students will follow the requirements set forth by their clinical sites, including wearing KN95 or other approved masks, gloves, and gowns as appropriate. Prior to and after each session, each lab area, including medical equipment, will be cleaned. All surfaces and shared equipment will be disinfected with Disinfectant Wipes or an EPA-approved solution and paper towels.
  • Art Program students will wear masks and gloves as appropriate.
  • Facilities staff are following CDC guidelines.

What Happens If


IF you think you are not feeling well:

Then:

  • Please stay at home.
  • Please take a COVID-19 test.

Anyone experiencing any of the following symptoms should STAY HOME:

  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Fever (at or above 100.4°F) – all faculty and staff should check their own temperatures each day prior to reporting to work
  • Chills, or repeated shaking with chills
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Muscle pain
  • New loss of taste or smell
If there is a COVID-19 infection in an in-person class:

Then:

    • Students and faculty in the class will be notified
    • Any close contact individuals will be contacted separately by the Department of Health.
    • Persons who have tested positive or have been identified as a close contact will be able to pivot to remote learning for the period of isolation or quarantine.
    • For an unvaccinated individual, or if you completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine over 6 months ago and are not boosted or completed the primary series of J&J over 2 months ago and are not boosted, return to campus is permitted after a 5-day quarantine period following the last known close contact with the positive person.
    • The negative test result can be reported on the COVID reporting page.
    • Individuals who boosted, or completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine within the last 6 month, or completed the primary series of J&J vaccine within the last 2 months, do not need to quarantine.  Take a PCR test on day 5, 6, 7, if possible after exposure. If you develop symptoms take a test and stay home.
    • The student should discuss with the professor/supervisor alternative methods of instruction.
    • Students coming to campus should check their Brookdale email for any notifications before arriving on campus.
    • COVID-19 Reporting

 

IF I test positive:

Then:

  • All individuals are encouraged to immediately inform the College if they have tested positive for COVID-19.  Students must contact the VP of Student Affairs, and employees should contact the AVP of Human Resources.  The COVID Coordinator will contact the student or employee to request documentation of the positive case.
  • Individuals who test positive must inform HR immediately if an employee and students must inform VP Office of Student Affairs. Individuals must isolate for 5 days. Day 1 is the day following the onset of symptoms or, if asymptomatic, the day following the positive test. Return to work or to classes is permitted after 5 days with symptoms resolved and the absence of a fever for at least 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication. Wearing a mask is mandatory at all times when in buildings at Brookdale.
  • Students that test positive should complete a report through: https://www.brookdalecc.edu/avp-student-affairs/covid-19-reporting/ . Once a report is received, a tracer will provide further instructions on returning to campus and inquire about close contacts.
  • The facility where you test is required to report to the State, who reports to your local Department of Health.  They may contact you for additional information.  The College is in contact with the Monmouth County and Middletown Departments of Health to report on campus COVID positive cases and to seek additional guidance as needed.  A person testing positive should contact their local health department to expedite contact tracing.
  • COVID-19 Reporting

Definition of Isolation – you isolate when you have been infected with the virus, even if you don’t have symptoms. Isolation is used to separate infected people from those who are not infected.

People who are in isolation should stay home until it’s safe for them to be around others. At home, anyone sick or infected should separate from others, stay in a specific “sick room” or area, and use a separate bathroom (if available). Isolation for a person testing positive for COVID-19 is a minimum of 5 days with symptoms resolved and being fever-free for a minimum of 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication.

What to do · Monitor your symptoms. If you have an emergency warning sign (including trouble breathing), seek emergency medical care immediately.

  • Stay in a separate room from other household members, if possible.
  • Use a separate bathroom, if possible.
  • Avoid contact with other members of the household and pets.
  • Don’t share personal household items, like cups, towels, and utensils.
  • Wear a mask when around other people if able.
If faculty or staff working on campus tests positive, or needs to quarantine:

Then:

  • Co-workers who are close contacts will be notified
  • Other close contacts will also be contacted separately by the Department of Health
  • If the faculty member remains well enough to teach, the class will move to remote delivery until the faculty member can return to campus safely. Otherwise, a substitute will be assigned, and class will continue to meet on campus.
  • Staff who have tested positive or have been identified as a close contact will be offered the opportunity to work remotely for the period of isolation or quarantine. If the person is ill and unable to work, the use of sick time will be expected.
  • COVID-19 Reporting
IF the College notices a significant upward trend of infection:

Then:

  • Most classes will be pivoted to remote learning.
  • Limited access to labs and hands on disciplines will be a priority to in-person classes.
  • Brookdale’s COVID-19 response team (including facilities, communications, human resources, etc.) will implement steps to mitigate the spread of the virus.
IF there is a shutdown of the State:

Then:

  • Brookdale will follow the Governor’s instructions if a statewide shutdown is required.
  • Brookdale will move to remote instruction if a shutdown occurs.
  • We encourage all individuals to use the App Covid Alert NJ.
If I have been identified as a close contact:

Then:

  • Individuals who boosted, or completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine within the last 6 month, or completed the primary series of J&J vaccine within the last 2 months, do not need to quarantine. Wearing a mask is mandatory at all times when in buildings at Brookdale. Take a PCR test on day 5, 6, 7, if possible after exposure. If you develop symptoms take a test and stay home.
  • For an unvaccinated individual, or if you completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine over 6 months ago and are not boosted or completed the primary series of J&J over 2 months ago and are not boosted, return to campus is permitted after a 5-day quarantine period following the last known close contact with the positive person. Wearing a mask is mandatory at all times when in buildings at Brookdale. Take a PCR test on day 5, 6 or 7 if possible. If you develop symptoms take a test and stay home.
  • Negative test results can be reported on the COVID reporting page if a credit student or to the Benefits Administrator (mkneute@brookdalecc.edu) in HR for all others.

NJ Department of Health Recommended Minimum Quarantine Timeframes

COVID Update - Travel Advisory

Updated CDC Domestic Travel Guidance:

Definition of Isolation, Quarantine and Close Contact

DEFINITIONS

I. Isolation – you isolate when you have been infected with the virus, even if you don’t have symptoms. Isolation is used to separate infected people from those who are not infected.

People who are in isolation should stay home until it’s safe for them to be around others. At home, anyone sick or infected should separate from others, stay in a specific “sick room” or area, and use a separate bathroom (if available). Isolation for a person testing positive for COVID-19 is a minimum of 10 days with the improvement of symptoms and being fever-free for a minimum of 24 hours without the use of fever-reducing medication.

What to do · Monitor your symptoms. If you have an emergency warning sign (including trouble breathing), seek emergency medical care immediately.

  • Stay in a separate room from other household members, if possible.
  • Use a separate bathroom, if possible.
  • Avoid contact with other members of the household and pets.
  • Don’t share personal household items, like cups, towels, and utensils.
  • Wear a mask when around other people if able.

II. Quarantine – you quarantine when you might have been exposed to the virus. Quarantine if you have been in close contact (within 6 feet of someone for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a 24-hour period) with someone who has COVID-19.

  • Fully vaccinated people: There is no exclusion period from campus. You are encouraged to get a PCR test 5-7 days after exposure.
  • Unvaccinated people: The quarantine period is 14 days after exposure.*

*The Monmouth County Department of Health advises all close contacts to quarantine for 14 days after exposure, especially during periods when the county’s COVID Activity Level Index (CALI level) is high or very high. ONLY if you would experience an economic or other burden by staying home for the full 14 days after exposure, you may be eligible to shorten the quarantine period to 10 days, with a negative RT-PCR test taken on day 8, 9, or 10 after exposure.

III. Close Contact – A close contact is someone who has been within 6 feet of another person for a cumulative total of 15 minutes or more over a full day, with or without a mask. Tracing for close contacts goes back 48 hours from the time the infected person began to have symptoms or, it no symptoms, 48 hours from the time the person tested postive.

What to do as a Close Contact

  • Quarantine as noted above if not fully vaccinated.
  • Watch for symptoms until 14 days after exposure.
  • Wear a mask indoors.
  • If possible, stay away from people you live with, especially people who are at higher risk for getting very sick from COVID-19.
  • If you have symptoms, immediately self-isolate and contact your local public health authority or healthcare provider.

Additional FAQs


Will masks still be required on campus even if I'm fully vaccinated?

Masks are optional.

When and where are COVID-19 vaccination available at Brookdale?

Free COVID-19 vaccines are available on the Lincroft campus in the CLC building near Parking Lot 4, the same location where weekly testing is available. Currently, the vaccination clinic operates on Tuesdays from 2:00pm-6:00pm. No appointment is necessary.

What vaccines are available at Brookdale's vaccination clinic?

Brookdale’s vaccination clinic on the Lincroft campus is currently offering free Pfizer, Moderna, and Johnson & Johnson/Janssen (J&J) COVID-19 vaccines. The Pfizer vaccine is available for students under the age of 18 years old (and any community member as young as 5 years old). The Pfizer, Moderna, and J&J vaccines may be selected by any student, employee, or community member aged 18 years or older.

Free Pfizer, Moderna, and J&J booster shots are also available, but are not required.

Are boosters available at Brookdale's vaccination clinic?

Brookdale’s vaccination clinic on the Lincroft campus is currently offering Pfizer, Moderna, and J&J COVID-19 booster shots, but boosters are not required to be considered fully vaccinated.

How do you define "fully vaccinated"?

Individuals are considered fully vaccinated when they have completed the recommended course of any COVID-19 vaccine series that has been authorized by the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) or the World Health Organization (WHO).

According to the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), people are considered fully vaccinated two weeks after their second dose in a 2-dose series, such as the Pfizer-BioNTech or Moderna vaccines, or two weeks after a single-dose vaccine, such as Johnson & Johnson/Jassen vaccine.

Can I test at a lab of my choice or at home or do I have to use Brookdale's facility?

Students and employees may choose to be tested weekly at any location offering PCR testing. At-home tests and other rapid tests will not be accepted unless the test is a PCR test obtained through Vault Health. If you choose to be tested at a location other than the Lincroft campus, you will be required to upload your PCR test results to the health portal weekly and you will be responsible for all costs associated with this testing.

On-Campus Services


 

  • Our offices on the Lincroft campus will be open and staffed Monday through Friday from 8:30 am – 5:00 pm.
  • Student Services are available on campus, in-person by appointment only and by remote access.
  • Academic Advisors will be available in-person, and by remote access, Monday-Friday, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm. Evening advisors will be available by appointment.
  • Mental Health & Wellness Counseling, starting September 13th, will have a student consultation line, 732-224-2329, staffed by Brookdale’s counselors, available Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm for assistance and referral to resources related to mental health and wellness.
  • Student Life and Activities will continue to plan in-person and online programs. Email studentlife@brookdalecc.edu for more information.
  • Academic Support Services will be available in-person and remotely. Students will continue to have access to online tutoring.
  • Computer Labs will be open.
  • Testing Center operational hours for the fall will be Monday – Friday, 8:30 am – 5:00 pm with evening hours until 7:00 pm on Monday. Email testing@brookdalecc.edu with any questions.
  • Scroll & Pen Bookstore will resume normal operations in September. Staff is currently on site working behind closed doors Monday-Friday and can be reached at 732 224 2382. Students can place orders for home delivery or instore/curbside pickup at www.BrookdaleShop.com. Updates regarding the store’s exact operating hours will be posted on their site.
  • Food Service will be available at the Jersey Blues Dining Hall and Starbucks located in the Student Life Center. Larrison Hall café will remain closed temporarily.
  • Athletic Teams will be practicing and competing.
  • Library Services will resume in-person services, starting September 8th, while also continuing to offer virtual appointments.

Library Hours

Beginning September 8th, library hours will be:
Monday-Wednesday: 8:00 am – 8:00 pm (Research help available 10:00 am – 8:00 pm)
Thursdays: 8:00 am – 7:00 pm (Research help available 10:00 am – 7:00 pm)
Fridays: 8:00 am – 2:00 pm (Research help available 10:00 am – 2:00pm)
Saturdays: The building will be closed, but we will continue to offer remote research help appointments 10:00 am – 4:00 pm, using Zoom and/or phone.

Higher Education Centers – Regional Locations

For Higher Education Centers Hours please check the individual web pages: Regional Locations

Monmouth County Vaccination Site

No appointment is needed.
For up to date schedules please check the Monmouth County Website

More Resources

Sign-up link for the weekly GovCom Update. Contains updated information about COVID-19 Testing & Vaccination Resources in Monmouth County & NJ Statewide.